331-1 HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS (CFDA No. 84.128) I. PROGRAM PROFILE Legislation; Title II of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. (29 U.S.C.TWl). (Expires September 30, 1986) Funding Since 1980: Year Authorization Appropriation 1980 indefinite $ 2,500,000 1981 indefinite 3,200,000 1982 $ 3,500,000 3,137,000 1983 3,500,000 3,500,000 1984 4,000,000 4,000,000 Purpose: To provide comprehensive services for the most severely disabled and disadvantaged deaf-blind youths and adults, train personnel to work with deaf-blind persons, and conduct relevant research. History and Award Process; The Helen Keller National Center was created by Congress in 1969;specific funding has been authorized by Congress since 1973 on a non-competitive basis. The Center has one primary facility at Sands Point, New York. Deaf-blind individuals are referred from all 50 States through the Center's network of nine regional offices. II. RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(a) A. Goals and Objectives During FY 1984 the Department's principal objectives for this program were: o To improve rehabilitation services to deaf-blind individuals, and o To foster research and development activities that improve the social and economic aspects of life for deaf-blind persons. B. Progress and Accomplishments During FY 1984, the Center cut the average amount of time necessary for a deaf-blind client to remain in a training program from 18 to 11 months. The National Training Team and the Affiliation Network System were developed to strengthen services to deaf-blind persons at the local level.States.